Thursday, May 20, 2010

Where Do Rats and Mice Go to Die?

I am often asked by worried enquirers "where will the rats and mice killed with poisons go to die?" The worry is they "don't want a bad smell from dead rodents in the house".

Almost all rodenticides are anti-coagulants. An often perpetuated 'old wives tale' is that anti-coagulant poisons like NO Rats and Mice make the rats and mice thirsty and they go outside in search of water and die there. There is a little truth in this, there is a slightly increased likelihood of the rodents dying outside, but in the vast majority of cases they will go to their nest and die there. Often the nest is inside.

However, even if the rats or mice die inside there is little likelihood of a bad smell. Bad smells are only a problem if the rodent dies somewhere very warm and un-ventilated. In 99% of cases there is not a problem. In order to prevent bad smells it is more important to deal with the infestation as the pests will be dying of natural causes and there is a higher chance of a bad smell. Rodenticide baits are the most efficient and effective way to deal with rat and mouse infestations.

I suggest to worried enquirers that they use traps in conjunction with rodenticides. When a rat or mouse has taken some poison it is more likely to be caught in a trap and then the body can be removed and the risk of bad odours reduced.

Once the infestation is eradicated then I suggest paying attention to proofing the house to prevent further infestation. You can get more information on how to prevent rats and mice getting in on the Kiwicare website.

A drunk walks into a bar with a rat and a frog. The drunk asks the barman if he can have a free drink if he shows him something amazing. "OK" says the barman, "But it must be truly amazing."
The drunk puts the frog on the bar piano and the frog begins to play the most amazing jazz.
"Wow!" says the barman. "That WAS truly amazing. Have a drink on me."
On finishing his drink the drunk asks "Can I have another drink if I show you something even more amazing?"
"OK." Says the barman. "If it is better than before, you can drink all night."
The drunk then sets the rat on the bar. The frog starts playing the piano and the rat sings along."
"Drinks all night for you." says the barman impressed.
An agent who has watched all this comes up to the drunk and says "I pay $1,000,000 for the frog and the rat."
"No deal" says the drunk.
"OK. What about $1,000 for the singing rat?"
"Done!" says the drunk.
"Are you mad?" says the barman to the drunk when the deal is done and the agent has left.
"Relax" says the drunk. "The frog is a ventriloquist."

2 comments:

  1. hey, ive put poison down as i herd scratching and scuffling i knew i had a mouse in my room, last night i got home at 3.00 am was doing my usual thing put my phone on charge and the shock when i noticed the dead mouse next to my phone :-o i love animals and would never hurt one but had no choice as i dont want my bedroom to be shared by mice... so anyway was just wondering what is the likely hood of seeing them when they die as my mum said they will go to their nest to die, clearly this one did not?

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    1. Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Your Mum is correct that they usually become lethargic and die in their nests. But it is, as you have found out, possible for them to die in other places. It is less common for those places to be somewhere you will find the body.

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